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Y Combinator’s Crowdtilt and the Art of Simplicity


What’s the #1 feature your users want? If you said anything other than “simplicity,” the Crowdtilt team thinks you’re probably wrong. After 3 months at Y Combinator, that was the most valuable lesson they learned: “The most helpful and most common feedback was the encouragement to launch as early as possible, instead of feeling like… Read more »

Veteran Central, A New Social Network For Veterans [Interview with Co-founder Jonathan Lunardi]


After starting AxHill, a government consulting agency, back in 2009, Jonathan Lunardi was exposed to an issue that would forever change his life. Along with fellow co-founder Paul McDonald, Ph.D., the team tasked themselves with leading the U.S. Army and National Guard Bureau in creating a program for veterans focusing on health promotion, risk reduction, and suicide… Read more »

TechMoola: Another Kickstarter for Technology


Solomon Arman Nabatiyan was a research professor at Northwestern University before he started pitching investors. His company, CerviaDx, was planning to create a revolutionary cervical cancer test that would be as easy as a pregnancy test. It seemed like a great investment, Nabatiyan explains: a woman dies of cervical cancer every 2 minutes, yet it’s… Read more »

Meal Ticket, The Online B2B Food Marketplace (At A Discount)


“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King Jr. The great Martin Luther King Jr.’s words are just as fitting to starting up as anything else.  Dan Henderson, co-founder of Meal Ticket, knows this as well as anyone.  Two years ago, Henderson and fellow co-founder… Read more »

14 Highly Creative Startups Showcased in Boise Tonight

Tech Cocktail Boise showcased startups

Tonight, Tech Cocktail will host our 2nd mixer in beautiful Boise, Idaho, home to an emerging startup scene, as part of develop.idaho 2012, presented by Perkins Coie.  This half-day, industry-led software event, hosted by the Idaho Technology Council, was put together to promote and support the active software community in Idaho. You can follow @developidaho on Twitter to… Read more »

Create Customized Mobile Apps With Affinity Amp

Affinity Amp

Small businesses are constantly hearing about all the things they have to do – you have to have a mobile website, you have to be active on social media, you have to create compelling content to share with your target market, you have to have a mobile app. That’s all good and well, but when… Read more »

CakeStyle, The Online Personal Shopping Service For Women


As an entrepreneur, you are the face of your company. First impressions are important and consequently so too are appearances. The time and energy required to find stylish attire, however, likely is not the best use of your time. Quite the conundrum. CakeStyle is here to save the day. Similar to the much-hyped Truck Club, the… Read more »

Turn Your Resume into an Infographic with ResumUP


If you haven’t seen an infographic by now, it means that you don’t know what an infographic is, because you have. You’re on the Internet. They’re everywhere. Oddly enough, however, infographics have remained relatively constrained to a similar set of situations. Eugene Barulin, founder and CEO of ResumUP, has found a creative yet practical usage… Read more »

Clipboard, Your Personal Online Note-Taking Solution

Clipboard, Seamlessly Grab and Organize Notes Online With Clipboard

With a resume that includes: founding Microsoft Live Labs, Yahoo! Research Labs, and Overture Research, being the VP of Technology at Yahoo! and Technical Fellow at Microsoft, winning the World Technology Award, and authoring a book about the computational properties in nature and the perception of beauty (yeah), Gary Flake left his job with Microsoft to… Read more »

Product Managers: Handle Label Procurement with LabelArchive


Even though I studied marketing in graduate school, I tend to take for granted the behind-the-scenes complexities of consumer product marketing. For example, I fail to appreciate the overlooked sciences of product label procurement and SKU tracking. Entrepreneur Bill March does not overlook these processes. In fact, he’s made it his mission to help product… Read more »

Find, Rate and Review a Pro Service Business with EthicalPro


Next time you find yourself in need of a trustworthy electrician, financial advisor, or even a web designer, Boise-based EthcialPro can give you the hookup. Founded by Philip Bennett, EthicalPro is a bridge between businesses and consumers, providing a community of word of mouth marketing and accountability for professional services people use every day. EthicalPro’s… Read more »

Visualize Wireless Network Data with MetaGeek


What if understanding and analyzing your Wi-Fi network were as easy as pie? With MetaGeek’s latest innovation, it can be as easy as a pie chart. At next week’s Tech Cocktail Boise event, the MetaGeek team will be displaying their latest software development. Eye P.A. is an 802.11 packet capture visualization software designed for Wi-Fi professionals.  Before… Read more »